COVID-19 Guidance from WillisPalmer

Whilst the outbreak of Covid-19 is likely to cause some disruption to WillisPalmer services in the short-term, we are issuing guidance outlining our plans to minimise the impact of the virus.

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Measures launched to tackle county lines

A £20 million package of measures has been launched by the government to tackle county lines.

Home secretary Priti Patel has announced the measures to intensify law enforcement efforts to disrupt the county lines model where gangs distribute drugs through vulnerable adults and children.
Under the measures, the National County Lines Co-ordination Centre [...]

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Childrens commissioner urges action over children leaving school without Level 2 attainment

The Childrens Commissioner for England has urged the government to take action after analysis has shown that 18 per cent of children are leaving education at 18 failing to reach five GCSEs grade A* to C, or equivalent technical qualifications.
Anne Longfield has published research showing that 98,799 children in England (18% of all school [...]

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Special Report: All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children

ADCS says suggestion is 'wholly inappropriate' - A row has erupted after the All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults has slammed local authorities for unwittingly acting as ‘recruiting sergeants’ for county lines drugs gangs by sending vulnerable children to live miles away from home.
 

A row has erupted [...]

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£3.3 million funding for young people's mental health projects

Twenty three projects supporting young people with mental health problems are to benefit from £3.3 million of funding, the government has announced.

Support including counselling, mentoring and arts programmes will be offered to young people with mental ill health in their communities as a result of the funding.
Minister for Public Health Jo [...]

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Police called to children's homes 23,000 times in a year

The police were called to children's homes in England and Wales almost 23,000 times in 2018 leading a penal reform charity to raise concerns over children in care being criminalised.
Some children's homes called police as many as 200 times a year and there were almost 23,000 call outs in total from all the children's [...]

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Surrey transforms front door services

An "ambitious service remodelling" including a total reconfiguration of the ‘front door’, has been introduced at Surrey,Ofsted has said.

New arrangements had been fully operational for only five weeks at the time of the monitoring visit following the the implementation of a new practice model, called ‘family resilience’, underpinning a widescale planned redesign and restructure of [...]

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£7m funding for charities supporting children affected by COVID-19 and lockdown measures

Vulnerable children and families affected by COVID-19 and the measures put in place to stop its spread will benefit from support offered by a coalition of charities under a new ‘See, Hear, Respond’ Department for Education programme.

The government has provided £7m of funding to launch the service which will be led by the charity Barnardo’s [...]

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Are you a foodie or a fitness fanatic? The groups emerging during lockdown

While it is inevitable that most of us have probably endured our fair share of wobbles during lockdown, given the fact we have never experienced anything like this before, people have naturally had to adapt their mindsets to navigate their way through social isolation.

I’ve noticed a number of ‘groups’ emerging.

The fitness fanatics

Walking, jogging, running – [...]

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Blog: Abuse during lockdown

WillisPalmer Chief Executive Mark Willis says all professionals working with children need to be ultra vigilant in looking for signs of abuse as we ease out of lockdown.

Children’s services professionals need to be vigilant for signs of emotional, physical and sexual abuse in young people as children return to primary school following lockdown, the chief [...]

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